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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2587

Tamil Nadu based Tamil TV channels spearheads LTTE’s anti-Sri Lankan campaign

Colombo, 06 January, (Asiantribune.com): Tamil Nadu based Tamil language television channels are continuously involved in a systematic disinformation campaign against Sri Lanka Government, Sri Lanka’s fight against world ruthless terrorist organization - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan armed forces.

It is alleged that the Tamil television channels are spearheading internationally LTTE’s anti – Sri Lanka campaign. LTTE still remains a proscribed organization in India, but India based majority of the Tamil language TV channels are coming up with anti- Sri Lankan campaigns to promote LTTE, which amounts to aiding and abetting terrorist activities against Sri Lanka.

Yesterday, 05 January, Tamil language television channels in their morning news bulletin highlighted that at least 53 Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed, more than 80 sustained injuries. Also it was reported that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) recovered 2 dead bodies of the SLA soldiers when the SLA launched an offensive to push through the 2nd Mile Post located in Paranthan to march towards Elephant Pass.

Sri Lankan Army sources dismissed the news report ‘baseless and factually an incorrect.’ They said that this was not the first time such misleading news stories were transmitted, but it has become a mischievous pattern for these Tamil Televisions channels since of late.

Reports reveal that those TV channels use Hotbird satellite as their platform to transmit their programs including anti-Sri Lankan news reports for other countries in Asia as well as in Europe.

Those type of campaigns, it was alleged are mostly led by Sun Television as well as by the Kalaignar Television.

The Sun Television network is owned by Kalanidhi Maran, the grandson of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi.

The Kalaingar TV is owned by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi himself in his capacity as the leader of the ruling DMK political party.

When Asian Tribune contacted Army sources to verify the authenticity of the news item transmitted in those two television channels, they dismissed those news report, ‘incorrect, misleading and mischievous.’

Sources said that Sri Lanka Army’s 58 Brigade Division was involved in a military push from Paranthan Santhi (junction) up to Elephant Pass, located in the north.

Army sources told Asian Tribune that Sri Lanka Army’s 58 Brigade Division was involved in a military campaign against the LTTE from the morning of 04 January until such time they entered Elephant Pass on 05 January - the gateway to the Jaffna Peninsula.

In that military campaign, SLA sources revealed that Sri Lanka Army lost 8 soldiers and 30 soldiers’ sustained injuries. Sri Lankan Army sources further said that out of the 8 soldiers assumed death, six bodies of those soldiers have gone missing and yet to recover.

Sri Lankan Army sources said that 58 Brigade Division which was earlier called ‘Task Force 1’ and was involved in the capture of Pooneryn, also in the capture of the strategically located Paranthan Santhi (Junction) , as well as Kilinochchi. After the capture of Kilinochchi, the Task Force 1 under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva was upgraded into 58 Brigade Division of the Sri Lanka Army.

The victorious 58 Brigade Division fought its way to Elephant Pass. Sources said in the campaign to capture Elephant Pass, 43 LTTE cadres were killed and nearly 58 of them injured. Sri Lanka Army sources said that some of those dead LTTE cadres’ bodies were seen lying in the areas captured by the Army and other bodies were seen being carried away by the fleeing LTTE cadres.

Sri Lankan Army sources told Asian Tribune that it seems whenever the LTTE losses more than thirty to forty people they always claims that Sri Lankan soldiers killed. They used to carry the images of their dead cadres as Sri Lankan soldiers killed, for their propaganda campaigns.

The Army sources said that Sri Lanka Army cannot do such mischievous and Goebbels’s propaganda campaign because at the end of the day the dead bodies of the Sri Lankan soldiers have to be sent to the hospital in Anuradhapura to be kept in the mortuary until next move to take their bodies to the respective soldier’s home town. In this process the number of soldiers dead would become a public secret.

Furthermore, every month, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka has to present the detail of Sri Lankan Army soldiers killed and injured in the previous month to the Parliament of Sri Lanka, when he presents the motion to the Parliament for the extension of the Emergency for the current month.

Therefore, death and injuries of Sri Lankan soldiers are public secrets as the Army as well as the government is answerable to the people of Sri Lanka, but as far as LTTE was concerned, Prabhakaran is the law unto himself.

- Asian Tribune -

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